Interview with Aloysius Rowe, undated [audio]

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  • Swimming on the Brandywine Creek; Rescuing a drowning girl on the Brandywine Creek; Father's death; Common illnesses in communities along the Brandywine; Crime along the Brandywine
    Partial Transcript: "This girl came up out of the water with long hair, and I'll never forget that... I grabbed her by the hair." "I could swim, she couldn't." "When anything happened on the Brandywine people were always there to help each other."
    Synopsis: Rowe talks about saving a girl drowning in the Brandywine Creek. He talks about illness and tuberculosis in the communities on the Creek. He says that to his knowledge there was little to no crime on the creek, other than occasional spousal abuse, which he says the community took care of and viewed as a crime.
    Keywords: Brandywine Creek; Consumption; Crime; Dr. Gerald Dougherty; Drowning; DuPont Experimental Station; Pneumonia; Rescues; Swimming; Tuberculosis
  • African-Americans along the Brandywine; Women's employment; Literacy and education; Ghosts and legends
    Partial Transcript: "I don't remember any in the area..." "I got my scare of banshees from a kid I used to run around with..."
    Synopsis: Rowe says that he does not recall African-Americans in the villages on the Brandywine. He talks about women's employment and how some worked for the du Pont family. Rowe talks about ghosts and superstitions, he says that he heard stories about banshees, but never believed them. Rowe describes how his mother was not superstitious and tells a story about how she once investigated the site of a ghostly encounter with a club in hand.
    Keywords: African-Americans; Banshees; DuPont Experimental Station; Education; Employment; Ghosts; Literacy; Maids; Rising Sun Lane, Wilmington, Del.; Servants; Superstitions; Women; Work